Bird Sightings 2018

22 to 28 April 2018

22 to 28 April 2018

The American Bittern at Carlton Marshes was seen daily through the week. Little Egrets were noted at Herringfleet Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes, 25 April.

The first Swifts of the year (a flock of six) were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 25 April. A Ring Ouzel was seen at Carlton Marshes, 22 April, with a Stonechat at the same site, 25 April and three Yellow Wagtails, 28 April. Wheatears were noted at Carlton Marshes (six), 25 April and Blundeston (two), 26 April; Cuckoos at Oulton Marshes (two), 22 April and Carlton Marshes (three), 26 April; Grasshopper Warblers at Oulton Marshes (two), 22 April and Carlton Marshes (three) and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 25 April and Cetti’s Warblers at Oulton Marshes (three) and Carlton Marshes, 22 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included three Ruff, 22 April, a Jack Snipe, 23 April, a Little Ringed Plover, 24 April, ten Avocets, a Greenshank, 11 Snipe and five Redshanks, 25 April, a Green Sandpiper, 26 April and 27 Whimbrel, 28 April. Elsewhere, a Green Sandpiper was seen at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe and four Redshanks at Oulton Marshes, 22 April and 19 Whimbrel at Castle Marsh, 25 April.

A male Hen Harrier flew over Carlton Marshes, 22 April and a Red Kite flew over the same site on 28 April. Hobbies were recorded at Somerleyton, 22 April, Castle Marsh, 25 April and Carlton Marshes, 27 April, with Short-eared Owls at Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 26 April and a Barn Owl noted at Carlton Marshes on the same day.

Photo of American Bittern © Jon Evans

 

15 to 21 April 2018

15 to 21 April 2018

The American Bittern was present at Carlton Marshes throughout the week. A Great White Egret flew north-east over Carlton Marshes, 19 April, a Crane flew west over Carlton Marshes, 20 April and a Little Egret was noted at Lopham Fen, 15 April.

An Osprey flew over Carlton Marshes, 19 April. The first Hobbies of the year were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 15 April and Oulton Marshes and Lopham Fen, 20 April. A male Hen Harrier flew over Carlton Marshes, 15 April and Red Kites were noted at Carlton and Oulton Marshes and five Buzzards at Belton, 18 April. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 21 April and Barn Owls were reported from Carlton Marshes (three), 15 April, St James South Elmham (two), 16 April and Oulton Marshes, 21 April.

A male Redstart was seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 15 April, a Blue-headed Wagtail at Carlton Marshes, 18 April and Ring Ouzels at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, 19 April and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 21 April. A Wheatear was present at Carlton Marshes, 15 April, five Yellow Wagtails at Carlton Marshes, 16 April and a Firecrest at Oulton Marshes, 21 April. The first Reed Warbler (Lopham Fen, 20 April) and Whitethroat (Carlton Marshes, 20 April) of the year were recorded during the week. Grasshopper Warblers were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 16 April, Carlton Marshes (four), 19 April and Lopham Fen, 20 April and Cuckoos at Carlton Marshes, 17 April, Lopham Fen, 18 April, Oulton Marshes, Redgrave Fen and Worlingham Marshes, 20 April and Castle Marsh and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 21 April. A Bearded Tit was noted at Aldeby, 15 April and a Lesser Redpoll at Lopham Fen, 16 April, while Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (eight) and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 21 April and Kingfishers at Worlingham Marshes, 15 April and Carlton Marshes and Redgrave Fen, 20 April.

A Garganey was present at Redgrave Fen, 20 and 21 April. The first Common Tern of year was noted at Carlton/Oulton Marshes, 15 April and two Mediterranean Gulls were seen at Carlton Marshes, 21 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included 40 Snipe, 15 April, two Whimbrel, 16 April, six Ruff, 18 April, a Dunlin, 20 April and eight Avocets, a Little Ringed Plover, two Greenshanks, four Black-tailed Godwits, a Curlew and ten Redshanks, 21 April, with eight Whimbrel noted at Castle Marsh, 21 April.

Photo of American Bittern © Jon Evans

 

8 to 14 April 2018

8 to 14 April 2018

The American Bittern was present throughout the week at Carlton Marshes. Two Cranes flew west over Carlton Marshes, 14 April, the Great White Egret at Oulton Marshes was present until 10 April and Little Egrets were noted at Outney Common, Bungay (three), 8 April and Carlton Marshes (three), 14 April.

A Whinchat was seen at Carlton Marshes, 13 April, with a Blue-headed Wagtail, a Tree Pipit and two Ring Ouzels noted at the same site the following day. The first Sand Martin (two, Carlton Marshes, 8 April); Sedge Warbler (Carlton Marshes, 8 April); Yellow Wagtail (three, Carlton Marshes, 9 April); Grasshopper Warbler (Carlton Marshes, 10 April, with another at Oulton Marshes, 14 April); House Martin (Carlton Marshes, 13 April); Wheatear (Carlton Marshes, 14 April, with another at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe on the same day); Cuckoo (Carlton Marshes, 14 April) and Lesser Whitethroat (Oulton, 14 April) of the year were all recorded during the week. A Brambling was noted at Worlingham and two Grey Wagtails at Outney Common, 8 April. Lesser Redpolls were recorded at Lopham Fen, 13 April and Carlton Marshes (13), 14 April, Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (five), 10 April and Oulton Marshes (two) and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 14 April and Kingfishers at Outney Common (two) and Carlton Marshes, 8 April and Beccles Marshes, 14 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included two Ruff, 9 April, two Jack Snipe, two Avocets, a Greenshank, 22 (Common) Snipe and a Woodcock, 10 April, two Whimbrel, 12 April, 23 Black-tailed Godwits, four Dunlin and 12 Redshanks, 13 April and a Little Ringed Plover, 14 April. At nearby Oulton Marshes, 20 Snipe and a Redshank were noted on 14 April.

Notable raptors at Carlton Marshes included a male Hen Harrier, 12 April and a Red Kite and eight Buzzards, 14 April, while elsewhere Red Kites were noted at St Olaves, 10 April and Ditchingham, 13 April. Barn Owls were reported from Outney Common, 8 April, Carlton Marshes (three), 10 April, Lopham Fen, 13 April and Beccles Common and Oulton Marshes, 14 April.

Finally, two Little Gulls flew over Outney Common, 8 April.

Photo of American Bittern © Jon Evans

 

1 to 7 April 2018

1 to 7 April 2018

The undoubted highlight of the week (and the year so far) was an American Bittern photographed at Carlton Marshes, 7 April. A Great White Egret was present at Oulton Marshes on 5 to 7 April, while Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 4 April and Lopham Fen and Oulton Marshes, 5 April.

A White Wagtail was present at Oulton Marshes, 5 and 7 April. The first Swallows of the year were seen at Carlton Marshes (five) and the first singing Blackcap at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 3 April, with the first singing Willow Warbler at Lopham Fen, 7 April. Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (five), 1 April and Oulton Marshes, 4 April and Grey Wagtails at Needham Mill (two) and Weybread Mill (two), 2 April. A Lesser Redpoll was noted at Lopham Fen, 7 April and two Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 5 April.

Raptor highlights included a male Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island, 1 April and a Red Kite at Ellingham, 6 April, with impressive counts of Buzzards including nine at Carlton Marshes and five at Beccles, 5 April. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 1 April, while Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes (five) and Beccles Common, 1 April and Burgh Castle, 5 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Ruff, 5 April and a Little Ringed Plover and a Redshank, 7 April, with three Spotted Redshanks at Burgh Castle, 1 April and six Redshanks at Oulton Marshes, 4 April.

Finally, a first-summer Little Gull was seen at Burgh Castle, 1 April and 150 Wigeon were noted at Oulton Marshes, 4 April.

 

25 to 31 March 2018

25 to 31 March 2018

Three Cranes flew north over Castle Marsh, North Cove, 31 March and a Red-throated Diver was seen nearby on the river the previous day. An adult Spoonbill was present at Carlton Marshes and a Bittern was noted at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, 25 March, while Little Egrets were recorded at Carlton Marshes (two) and Weybread GP (two), 26 March, Herringfleet Marshes, 29 March and Lopham Fen, 30 March.

Waders included a Jack Snipe and 25 Snipe at Thorpe Marshes, 25 March, while at Carlton Marshes, two Dunlin were noted on 25 March and ten Redshanks on 30 March.

Notable raptor records included two Red Kites at Mettingham and two Peregrines at Haddiscoe Island, 25 March, five Buzzards at Ellingham, 29 March and Marsh Harriers at Thorpe Marshes (two), 25 March and Carlton Marshes (five) and Lopham Fen (three), 31 March. Four Short-eared Owls were hunting at Haddiscoe Island, 25 March, while Barn Owls were reported from Haddiscoe Island (three), 25 March and Carlton Marshes, 30 March.

Bramblings were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (four), 28 March and St Olaves (two), 29 March, Lesser Redpolls at Waveney Forest, Fritton (five), 25 March and Lopham Fen (two), 30 March and a Kingfisher at Carlton Marshes, 25 March.

Photo of Crane © Shutterstock/Peter Gyure

 

18 to 24 March 2018

18 to 24 March 2018

A Spoonbill was seen at Carlton Marshes, 23 and 24 March, a Great White Egret flew west over Lopham Fen, 21 March and two Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes, 24 March.

A very early Willow Warbler was seen at Harleston, 19 March, while Black Redstarts were present at Bungay (two), 20 March and Oulton, 24 March and a Mealy Redpoll at Worlingham, 24 March. There was a small arrival of Chiffchaffs at the end of the week with individuals noted at Lopham Fen, 23 March and Carlton Marshes, Oulton Marshes, Somerleyton Marshes and Waveney Forest, Fritton the following day. A Grey Wagtail was seen at Beccles, 19 March, two Bearded Tits noted at Lopham Fen, 21 March and a count of 300 Redwings made at Carlton Marshes, 24 March. Bramblings were reported from Oulton, 18 March and Carlton Marshes (two), 24 March; Lesser Redpolls from Lopham Fen (three), 20 March and Carlton Marshes (six), 24 March; Cetti’s Warbler from Beccles Marshes, 23 March and Carlton Marshes (seven), 24 March and Kingfishers from Carlton Marshes and Lopham Fen, 21 March and Beccles Marshes, 23 March.

The WeBS count of waders at Carlton and Oulton Marshes on 18 March included a Jack Snipe, 203 (Common) Snipe, a Woodcock and two Dunlin, 18 March, with a Curlew noted at Oulton Marshes, 24 March and further Woodcock at Blundeston (two), 21 March and St Olaves (two), 22 March.

Marsh Harriers were recorded at Burgh Castle (11), 18 March, Carlton Marshes (two), 19 March, Oulton Marshes, 20 March, Lopham Fen, 22 March and Haddiscoe Island and Somerleyton Marshes, 24 March, Short-eared Owls at Haddiscoe Island and St James South Elmham, 24 March and Barn Owls at Oulton Marshes and Worlingham Marshes, 18 March, Carlton Marshes (three), 20 March, Gillingham Marshes, 21 March and Lopham Fen, 22 March.

 

11 to 17 March 2018

11 to 17 March 2018

Two Black Redstarts were seen in a garden along Southend Road, Bungay, 15 to 17 March. Bramblings were recorded at Camps Heath (Oulton), Fallowfields (Oulton) and St Olaves, 14 March. A Water Pipit was noted at Carlton Marshes, 11 March, a Grey Wagtail at Beccles, 12 March, a male Blackcap and a singing Chiffchaff at St Olaves and a Kingfisher at Earsham GP, 14 March and two Lesser Redpolls at Lopham Fen, 17 March.

Marsh Harriers were seen at Carlton Marshes (five), 11 March and Lopham Fen (two), 17 March and ten Buzzards were noted at Earsham GP, 14 March. A Short-eared Owl was seen at St James South Elmham, 15 March, with Barn Owls reported from Carlton Marshes (six) ad Beccles Common, 13 March.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Ruff, 33 Snipe and two Redshanks, 11 March.

Notable wildfowl included two Pintail and 225 Teal at Carlton Marshes, 11 March and two Little Egrets were also recorded at Carlton Marshes on the same day.

Photo of Black Redstart © DepositPhoto/mikelane45

4 to 10 March 2018

4 to 10 March 2018

Two Red Kites were seen at Ashby, 10 March and the long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was recorded regularly through the week. Other raptor highlights included a Peregrine at Haddiscoe Island, 5 March, a ringtail Hen Harrier at Haddiscoe Island, 6 March and nine Buzzards at Ashby, 9 March. Marsh Harriers were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 6 March and Carlton Marshes (three), 10 March, Short-eared Owls at Haddiscoe Island (two), 5 March and Oulton Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes, 6 March and Barn Owls at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 4 March, Carlton Marshes, 5 March, Haddiscoe Island (three) and Oulton Marshes, 6 March and Lopham Fen, 10 March.

Geese included 81 Brent Geese and 129 Greylag Geese at Haddiscoe Island, 4 March, while ducks included two Goosanders at North Cove and three Pintail and 130 Tufted Ducks at Weybread GP, 4 March, six Pintail at Carlton Marshes, 8 March, 400 Teal at Carlton Marshes and 200 Wigeon at Oulton Marshes, 9 March and 145 Mallard at Diss Mere, 10 March.

A Crossbill was seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 10 March. Notable passerines at Carlton Marshes included a Lesser Redpoll and two Stonechats, 9 March, a Water Pipit, a singing Chiffchaff, a Cetti’s Warbler and 60 Siskins, 10 March. A Grey Wagtail was noted at Beccles, two Lesser Redpolls at Lopham Fen and two Kingfishers at Weybread GP, 4 March.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Curlew, 8 March, a Woodcock, 9 March and two Dunlin, 19 Snipe and two Redshanks, 10 March. A Redshank was recorded at Oulton Marshes and three Woodcocks at St Olaves, 9 March.

 Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Weybread GP (seven), 4 March and Carlton Marshes, 9 March.

 

25 February to 3 March 2018

25 February to 3 March 2018

A Jack Snipe was seen at Oulton Marshes, 1 March, while at nearby Carlton Marshes a Ruff and 34 Snipe were recorded, 26 February and two Green Sandpipers, 2 March. Woodcock were noted at Beccles and Somerleyton, 28 February, St Olaves, 1 March and Carlton Marshes and Oulton, 2 March.

The long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was seen on 25 February, together with a Peregrine and a Short-eared Owl. Elsewhere, Marsh Harriers were noted at Lopham Fen, 25 February, Carlton Marshes, 26 February and Herringfleet Marshes (four), 27 February and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes (four), 26 February, Somerleyton Marshes, 28 February, Herringfleet Marshes (three), Lopham Fen, Oulton Marshes and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 3 March.

Two Stonechats were seen at Oulton Marshes, 25 February, a Chiffchaff at Bungay, 1 March and five Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 3 March. Grey Wagtails were recorded at Beccles and Weybread Mill, 25 February; Bramblings at St Olaves (three) and North Cove SWT reserve, 27 February and Lopham Fen, 3 March; Lesser Redpolls at Oulton Marshes, 25 February, North Cove SWT reserve (three), 27 February, Lopham Fen (two), 28 February and Carlton Marshes (ten), 3 March and Kingfishers at Weybread GP (three) and Oulton Marshes, 25 February.

Finally, a count of 300 Wigeon was made at Carlton Marshes and Little Egrets were reported from Weybread GP (eight) and Carlton Marshes, 25 February.

Photo of Jack Snipe © Jon Evans

 

18 to 24 February 2018

18 to 24 February 2018

The long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island was seen regularly through the week. Other raptors at Haddiscoe Island included five Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls, 18 February and a Merlin and seven Marsh Harriers, 24 February. Elsewhere, a Peregrine was seen at Burgh Castle, 18 February, Marsh Harriers at Burgh Castle and Carlton Marshes, 18 February and Barn Owls at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 19 February and Carlton Marshes, 22 February.

A Chiffchaff was recorded at Carlton Marshes and a Grey Wagtail at Beccles, 18 February and a Water Pipit at Carlton Marshes, 22 February. Lesser Redpolls were noted at North Cove SWT reserve (six) and Carlton Marshes, 18 February and Lopham Fen (two) and Oulton Marshes, 24 February; Stonechats at Oulton Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes, 18 February; Bearded Tits at Carlton Marshes (three) and Fritton Marshes (three), 18 February; Cetti’s Warblers at Oulton Marshes (three) and Fritton Marshes, 18 February and Kingfishers at Carlton and Oulton Marshes and Fritton Marshes, 18 February.

A count of 389 Wigeon was made at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, 18 February, while two Pintail were present at Carlton Marshes, 18 February and 190 Teal were recorded at the same site, 24 February. Six Pink-footed Geese were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 23 February.

Waders included a Ruff at Carlton Marshes, 18 February and a Redshank at the same site 21 February. A count of 383 Snipe was made at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, 18 February and Woodcock were noted at Waveney Forest, Fritton (three), 23 February and Blundeston Marshes, Carlton Marshes, 24 February.

Finally, Little Egrets were noted at Carlton and Oulton Marshes (two), Haddiscoe Island (two) and Castle Marsh, 18 February and Redgrave Fen, 19 February.